Mel and Justin..hmm..where to start? Well first, Mel came to me about 6 months ago saying that she felt she found a diamond in the rough. She was searching and searching for the right cinematographer but everywhere she turned, everybody was booked. After looking at everyone’s work, she learned that there was a difference between wedding videography and wedding cinematography. She finally decided to search for ” Hawaii Wedding Cinematography ” and ended up on this site. Noted below is part of her original correspondence with me after checking our availability :
Thanks for getting back to me fast, I’m so scared because most of the videographers that I inquired so far are all booked! I only have 7 more months to plan my wedding and I couldn’t be more concerned about anything else, but my videographer! My fiancee Justin and I are two fun loving people that want to really give a twist from the traditional slideshow to a love story w/ ceremony highlights! We enjoy a playful and modern style and I got the chance to look at your work and I am very impressed! ”
Needless to say, working with her and Justin was nothing but an awesome experience. The love story posted below was pretty much all their idea. VERY creative couple :). Now the title of this blog post will be apparent after watching their same day edit. It was one of the most emotional weddings I’ve ever attended and I must say, the vows got me very close to shedding a tear ;). I sincerely want to say THANK YOU to Mel + Justin for putting their full trust and support behind CCm during this whole project, it was our pleasure being your wedding cinematographers. Special shoutout to Brian from red Bicycle Media (his first time visiting our beautiful islands) as well as Princeton and Erin for their help throughout the day.
As usual, please feel free to comment if you dig the films! Enjoy!
I’m a BIG fan of Comic Books. Grew up reading them and still have my collection to this day. When I heard we’d be driving to the city that was used as Gotham for the movie The Dark Knight, I was excited :).
This is another collaboration with rBM. I was in the hot seat this time cutting up the Same Day Edit as well as shooting and flying steadicam. I had a nice challenge from Brian to top the SDE he crafted for Jenifer and Henk the week before. Barry Connor joined us from New Orleans to join in on the fun (supposedly we were humping 150lbs of gear through about a mile and a half of walking during a heat wave, so yes, fun! ;) ). Another crazy day in the adventures of Wedding Cinematography. This wedding was different than any other wedding I’ve shot because it included many indian traditions that I was not familiar with up until a few days ago of reading and educating myself on what would happen. The two most favorite things that I loved about this wedding? The traditional clothing with all it’s incredible detail and design and the meeting of the Groom’s and Bride’s family!
Pritee and Vivek are in love with the Steelers. I mean in LOVE. Their wedding gifts to each other centered around that as well as lots of the details of the wedding day, from the henna on their hands to the cloths being swung around during their reception grand entrance. I’m not too into sports but just being around them wanted me to start cheering for the steelers, haha.
The day after the wedding, we got to do some sight seeing of chicago. What sights you say? Well none other than the filming locations used during production of the dark knight movie :). Took quite a bit of pictures but ehh…here’s something you’ll enjoy even more :
Posting this from red Bicyle Media’s, my sister studio, home base in Ohio.
This past weekend, almost a year to the date, we pulled off another double SDE day. One thing I would like to comment on is that rBM has the same philosophy as I do in that we REALLY get to know our couples and build a friendship, which in turn creates a better wedding film as the couple is more relaxed, comfortable, and natural in front of the camera. They see us more as friends attending the wedding rather than a cinema team filming their wedding. When meeting the couple for the first time at their rehearsal / dinner, I immediately felt a part of their family. Dave, the father of the bride, was also a fan of our work and we thank him for the trust and support he put behind us on the wedding day. I can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to work with couples and families who know the value of a well crafted wedding cinema film. The same day edit reaction from the couple and the heartfelt hug I got from Dave made the sleepless nights (trying to adjust to a 6 hour time difference in two days ain’t happening, lol) and brutal travel totally worth it.
This piece also marks a momentous occasion as Brian Marks from rBM cut his first full same day edit. We’re very proud of the job he did with the story telling in this piece. I flew steadicam and was doing a lot of the shooting and it was great to just have the job of obtaining imagery and not having to edit like a madman. ;) Jenifer and Henk also have a SICK e-session snowboarding film, you can find the link here : Jenifer+Henk Save the Date. It was a pleasure collaborating with rBM again. We still have quite a bit more wedding films coming up so stay tuned.
It’s Japanese legend that anyone who folds 1,000 paper cranes will be granted a wish. Be it long life, healing, or success. In regards to weddings, it is said that the folder (or folders in this case) is wishing 1,000 years of happiness and prosperity to the couple. Needless to say, I’m always impressed and taken aback by the site of the paper cranes as I just imagine of how much time was spent as a labor of love folding all those birds.
Brandi and Reid were fantastic to work with. Knowing them and how gracious they are, it’s no surprise that they had a quite a number of people show up in support of their union, around 300+ at their reception! I wish I had more time to fit all the amazing things that happened during the reception in the same day edit, such as Reid’s surprise performance to Brandi with a song that brought the house down as well as the words of wisdom from their friend Jen who was a great officiant :). Her UH football to a wedding analogy was very well received, lol. To Brandi and Reid, from the team and myself, thank you for your hospitality throughout the day and for choosing us for your Hawaii Wedding Cinematography needs :). This was also another collaboration with James Pizarro from my sister studio on the east coast, redbicyclemedia.com. Always a pleasure having you.
Without further delay, here’s their same day edit that we displayed for them at their reception. ENJOY!
Hawaii Wedding season has begun!
I’m starting off this year’s wedding season with a next day edit / highlight film from the wedding of Sharon and Luis. They flew in all the way from Japan to have their wedding here in Hawaii. Sharon actually contacted me one month before her wedding date and said that she was scouting for hawaii wedding cinematographers and that I was one of her picks…then she followed that up by saying, “and I’m picky :P”! LOL! I was flattered.
Well they had their wedding this past wednesday at an amazing location, Angel’s Bay Beach in Waimanalo. Capt. Howie was their officiant and he had such great and inspiring words to share with them in regards to love, life, and how to love is to live. About 20 people made the trek to Hawaii for their destination wedding, and each one of the guests was very close and special to Sharon and Luis. I felt very honored to have been chosen as their wedding cinematographer to capture their very intimate event. Thank you Sharon and Luis for your warm hospitality! Special thanks to my friend Princeton who helped out during the day. I owe ya one bro!
Without further ado, the Wedding Highlight Film of Sharon and Luis.